Who knew that what started as a $150-dollar bet would eventually lead to earning the title as one of Canada’s most successful touring acts?
Hedley, a Vancouver-based pop-punk band that launched to stardom in 2005 after lead singer Jacob Hoggard’s successful run on Canadian Idol, has accumulated over 1-million album sales, 4-million singles sales, has 18 number one videos on Much Music and has been honoured with 11 MMVAs, four SOCAN and two JUNO awards.
Known for their rambunctious humour and exuberant energy, Hedley is now preparing for their highly anticipated 2018 Cageless arena tour, celebrating the release of their seventh studio album and first since the release of their Platinum-selling, number-one charting album, Hello, in 2015. Joining the band on their 32-city Canadian tour will be special guests Shawn Hook and Neon Dreams.
Community reporter Jessica Kent caught up with Hoggard, guitarist Dave Rosin, bassist Tommy Mac and drummer Jay Beni before they kick-off their tour on February 5 in Abbotsford, BC, to find out what their most looking forward to when they arrive in Edmonton to make their debut on the Rogers Place stage March 22.
TOMMY MAC: We are most looking forward to playing at Rogers in Edmonton, Alberta!
JACOB HOGGARD: It’ll be our first time! It’s a brand-new arena. If you haven’t been I think the Hedley concert is as good as an excuse as any to go.
DAVE ROSIN: Absolutely! I’m looking forward to actually starting the tour, that’s the most exciting right now. We’ve been picking set lists for the last couple of months and we can’t wait to see all of you guys out there with us.
HOGGARD: I think we’re going to be so warmed up by the time we get to Edmonton that you will thaw out, a lot of that location, cause it’s going to cook Rogers.
Did you know?
The Canadian pop-rock group is named after the unincorporated community of Hedley, British Columbia, a name chosen after members heard that it was for sale.
ROSIN: It’s going to be cool being right downtown. Edmonton’s got a really thriving scene right now, we know the guys who run Denison Hall so we’ll be there doing some pinball, checking that out. There’s also some great food. Me and Tom might go hit up Avenue Guitars, great guitar shop, and just enjoy it — there are some good people.
HOGGARD: Where do you get the po’boys again?
ROSIN: That’s at DaDeO’s. It’s on Whyte (Avenue).
HOGGARD: DaDeO’s. I’ll be eating fish sandwiches for the afternoon, before the show, so I guess what’s really special about the Edmonton show is I’ll be playing the show with a belly full of catfish.
HOGGARD: Edmonton is a city of a million faces and wonders and every time we go there we end up having some kind of blowout party afterwards. And I’m pretty sure I was running through downtown in a Ricky Bobby NASCAR racing suit last time we were there…. And I don’t have a lot else to put together as far as that experience goes, but I can honestly say it is a special place in my life.
ROSIN: So, do you remember, did somebody have [the Ricky Bobby NASCAR racing suit] on and you bartered for it? Or like…
HOGGARD: No, I had already owned it at that point, but yes, no I…
ROSIN: You donned it.
HOGGARD: Yea, at this point I just had it with us on tour and then that was the moment, in Edmonton, after the show at the after party that I chose to put it on. It’s a real hoot, is what I’ve got to say.
In the Business of Being ‘Idol’
The original members of the band bet Hoggard that he wouldn’t make it past auditions for Canadian Idol. Hoggard proved them wrong, making it to the top three before being eliminated from the competition.
ROSIN: Oh, I love singing Perfect.
HOGGARD: So, Frosty the Snowman’s a super rad song to sing in front of a crowd but second to that would have to be one of our song’s. Obviously, Better Days, it’s so much fun to sing. Anything is super fun to sing, The Sweater Song, super fun to sing.
ROSIN: Yup. I always like watching the audience sing For the Nights I can’t Remember — that’s huge.
HOGGARD: I get real emo on that one.
ROSIN: Lunch? Yea I could do some lunch.
MAC: What’s next for Hedley is going on tour! Come see us.
HOGGARD: Tell me more, Tom.
MAC: Well, it’s the start of February to the end of March.
HOGGARD: This tour is going to be a little bit nuts. I know we always say to ourselves before every tour, ‘Guys, let’s party a little less,” and no one’s said that yet, and I’m fine with that.
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